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Masonic Central

Masonic Central - the pod cast for Freemasons by Freemasons. This show is a weekly talk show on the wide world of all things Masonic, from movies and books to academia and notables. The goal of the program is to create a heightened awareness of the venerable institution. If your looking to learn more about Freemasonry, then Masonic Central is the right place to be. Archived from iTunes at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/masonic-central/id311776560. Items in this collection are restricted.

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May 3, 2010 Masonic Central
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The song bring out the clowns starts to ring in my head when ever I start to think about the Shrine in a large way. Not out of any misanthropic meanness but because of their excellent work and commitment to the happiness and well being of so many children. . Say the name of the Shrine and instantly the image of charity, children's hospitals, and red fez's comes to mind, but behind those iconic images is an organizational powerhouse that, some suggest, drives the future of the Masonic...
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Apr 5, 2010 Masonic Central
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What makes a lodge successful? Is it the energy behind the lodge, the people that create it? And, does that energy come at a cost? Is there a social capitol that is bartered in an invisible exchange that at times reflects a huge value where at others it challenges its very existence. One such lodge happens to be a nexus for this very question, and has had a year to barter and trade on its own social capitol building a reputation amongst its community and amongst its peers. And this development...
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In the wake of the most turbulent period of American history, the story of the intersection of Freemasonry and the Civil War have been many and profound - fact and fiction have become impossibly merged until now. In an eloquent narrative story telling, Michael Halleran's new book The Better Angels of Our Nature: Freemasonry in the American Civil War separates the dime store novel and after dinner yarns from the real and verifiable stories of the American Civil War.
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Mar 22, 2010 Masonic Central
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Madness, mayhem, mystery, and murder, these are but a few of the terms one could use to define the book, and later film, From HELL. Written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Eddie Campbell (and Pete Mullins), the book is really at the for of recent fictional works in print and celluloid that featured the fraternity of Freemasonry in some diabolic aspect. One of its earlier for-bearers was more of a positive turn in the Return of the King, and so many years later, Moore and his work From Hell has...
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Mar 15, 2010 Masonic Central
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Few places give you consistent discourse on the occult and the western mystery tradition. And even fewer present the thought leaders within that field today. Masonic circles aside, few are the sources to find this type of conversation, and even fewer that produce it with the passion that Greg Kaminsky does. Greg is the spirit, production, and host of the Occult of Personality podcast which has an ever increasing inventory of programs centered squarely on the idea of the occult and how it...
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The MRF provides education and training to individuals, lodges and Grand Lodges on ways to establish quality programs, academic excellence and social relevance in their Masonic communities. As American Freemasonry faces some of the most important challenges in its history, the MRF stands to ensure a sense of purpose and identity for the Craft. Joining us this week on Masonic Central to talk about the MRF, Traditional Observance Lodges (TO), and the European Concept Lodge (EC) are Mark Allen...
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Feb 8, 2010 Masonic Central
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Brothers Michael Pearce and Bill Patterson launch their inaugural edition Masonic Central Asia with their guest Br. Jim Johnston, PhD., who is one of the foremost scholars on Masonry in Japan. Also, Br. Johnston is a Past Grand Master of the island nation, a 33º Brother of the Scottish Rite, and a founding member of the Lodge of research Japan. This episode was pre-recorded for the time difference but your questions and comments are very much welcome and encouraged!
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Feb 1, 2010 Masonic Central
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Join us this Sunday on the Masonic Central pod cast as Karl Grube, who is the President of the Bonisteel Masonic Library in Ann Arbor Michigan and a member of the board of trustees for the Detroit Masonic Temple Library, talks to us about Michigan Masonry, the life and legacy of the Bonisteel Library, and the jewel of the American Masonic edifice, the Detroit Masonic Temple.
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Jan 25, 2010 Masonic Central
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The holidays are done and past, and the cold grip of winter is taking hold, but what better time to catch up with a warm conversation and some reminiscence of what was 2009. This week on Masonic Central, join us as we go over the highlights (and low lights) of Masonry in 2009 and look ahead at some of the trends that seem to be already charting the course of 2010. The show goes live promptly at 9pm EST/6pm PST and the phone lines will be open for your questions and comments. I know it will be a...
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Jan 18, 2010 Masonic Central
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This is a special Masonic Central re-broadcast from August 2008 when brothers Paul Bessel and Jerry Samet, past Grand Master Washington DC, joined us on the program for an enlightening conversation about Paul's fantastic research and publication website, his book Masonic Questions and Answers. In the conversation we delve deeply into the Document of Exclusive Territorial Jurisdiction, the space between 'regular' Masonry and Prince Hall Freemasonry, and the success (and challenges) of one day...
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Dec 14, 2009 Masonic Central
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With the release of The Lost Symbol, many have had the opportunity to read though the work and see the results of Dan Brown's non-Masonic contribution to the mythology of the fraternity. Like his past work, Without a doubt The Lost Symbol is a layerd thiriller that can be analyzed on many different levels to find a variety of different meanings, not surprisingly, not unlike Freemasonry itself. This week we welcome Brother Mark Koltko-Rivera, author of the forthcoming book, Discovering The Lost...
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Dec 7, 2009 Masonic Central
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Ever stop to think for a few moments where some of your favorite Masonic books and imprints come from? Or how certain books get published (or don't end up in print)? What about e-books, or that really rare hard to find text that you heard mentioned once, but can't seem to find? This week on Masonic Central we step out side of the electronic publishing world and into the traditional publishing one as we host a very special guest in publisher and author Michael Poll, who is the owner of...
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Nov 30, 2009 Masonic Central
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Within in Freemasonry, there are many titles and attributes bestowed upon its members, but few come to the table with the appellation of Magus, with a large number of books from their pen and a many years of practice under their talismaned hand, and in that list none stand out more than Brother Lon Milo Duquette. A Mason for more than a decade, Br. Duquette has spent many more of his years studying the realms of the tarot, Qabalah, Thelema, and Enochian Vision magic. Capturing the essence of...
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Nov 23, 2009 Masonic Central
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In the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, tonight's show is a detour from the norm with a duet of suprise mystery guests. It offers a unique glimpse into a little seen segment of Masonry that we know will delight and entertain you on this last Sunday before the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Nov 16, 2009 Masonic Central
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Freemasons like to talk, a lot, and usually for good reason. Beyond the usual what time a dinner is being held or who has knocked at the temple door with interest, a great driving aspect of the fraternity is understanding why it is we do what we do, and to hear from others who may have gone down that road and can offer some insight to the journey. Thankfully, many groups exist in the fora, on a range of topics and with varying focus. Some are tiled, while others governed by subscription fees....
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Oct 26, 2009 Masonic Central
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Join us on Masonic Central this Sunday as we meet and talk to Brother John Nagy who is the author of the new book “Building Boaz – Uncommon Catechism for Uncommon Masonic Education“. Once you start something, what do you do next? You take the next step of course but as with any journey into the unknown (or the unexplained) the question is where that next step should land. "Building Boaz" is the exactly where the next step in becoming a Mason should take you. In his New book Br....
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Oct 19, 2009 Masonic Central
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Where does National Treasure meet The Lost Symbol? Wound together into a Crown of Serpents. Masonic fiction is an infrequent thing, especially when written by a brother. The Lost Symbol is a good example of the fraternity in a modern fiction, in the same way that National Treasure brought the fraternity to the cinema. This Sunday, we have the opportunity to talk about the latest edition of Masonic fiction from author Michael Karpovage, who has just released his new book Crown of Serpents. From...
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Sep 28, 2009 Masonic Central
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The Masonic world has been quiet this last week, noses deep in the release of the new book The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown. So now, its time to catch up, talk about the book, give away some spoilers, and look at the impact of the text on the fraternity today, and how (or if) it will in the future. We'll have a couple of mystery guests on to talk get into the details.
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Sep 14, 2009 Masonic Central
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This show dedicated to talking about the fraternity of Freemasonry, what it is and what it represents. It is an open line program for your questions, comments, ideas, and theories. The goal is to talk about the various aspects of the fraternity and what it means to be a member. Please join us with tonight at 6pm PST / 9pm EST for this hour long program.
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Sep 7, 2009 Masonic Central
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Join us tonight for Masonic Central tonight as we host another edition of our Table talk and catch up on the events and goings on of the fraternity in the last few weeks of Freemasonry. This is also an opportunity to ask the hosts any questions that you may have about the fraternity, the show, or just call in with your questions and comments. We always love to hear from everyone out there listening, and tonight is the night to call in! Some of the topics in the air is a follow up to the social...
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Social Media has surpassed the expectations of those who declared it a passing trend and it has become a vital component of any individual or business that wants to build their brand and broadcast their message to an ever increasing audience. This is more than Mafia Wars, Bejeweled, or "what famous actor are you" test. This is the creation and delivery of a messages and content that readers will grow to trust, will grow to rely upon, and will look to for opinion. Social Media is not...
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Aug 17, 2009 Masonic Central
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After a long summer hiatus, Masonic Central is back and to recommit ourselves to our second year, this weeks show is highly appropriate. Coming on the program is Brother Cliff Porter to talk with us about his new book “Masonic Baptism – A Post Modern Ritual for an Ancient Craft“. For some background, Mackey says of the ritual that it is “… simply a lustration or purification by water, a ceremony which was common to all the ancient initiations”. In the present day, the ceremony and...
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Jul 6, 2009 Masonic Central
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Join Masonic Central this Sunday, July 5th at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT as we meet and talk to Br. Mark Tabbert, who is the Director of Collections at the George Washington Memorial in Alexandria Virginia. As we reflect on the celebration of our nations independence this weekend, where better to turn than the symbol of that founding than to the figure that is at once brother, General, and President in our founding father George Washington. With that in mind, the topic of the program this week is The...
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Haunted Chambers, the lives of early women Freemasons. Join Masonic Central this Sunday, June 28th at 6pm PDT / 9pm EDT as we meet and talk to Br. Karen Kidd, the author of the new book Haunted Chambers, the lives of early women Freemasons. The topic of the program is a haughtily debated one, and certain not to be decided in the time we spend in the program. But we will discuss the book, some of the notable history of Feminine Freemasonry, and perhaps explore what that means today. From the...
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Jun 15, 2009 Masonic Central
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American history is intricately tied to the history of Freemasonry. One such crossroad was the Anti-Masonic Party that dominated early American politics between 1827 and 1838. But where did the Anti-Masonic party find its inspiration? When you dig into the shadows and rumors of the past the answers start to take shape in a jig-saw puzzle of post colonial American life. And in those hidden recesses, the real story starts to emerge. Important to say is this early political party did not form out...
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Jun 1, 2009 Masonic Central
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Freemasonry and the Qabbalah have a tacit relationship. In many deep philosophical discussions, the two often come up as being interrelated but just as often leave the conversation without a clear connection defined. As a Mason, we can start to study where the Jewish Mysticism has been woven in, but without a deep degree of study and practice, the two still seem as distant as night and day. This week on Masonic Central, our guest Timothy Hogan will join us to talk about this mysticism and help...
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May 25, 2009 Masonic Central
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Timothy Bonney, PM, PHP Br. Tim Bonney on the European Concept Lodge vs. The Traditional Observance Lodge concept. Br. Tim is the author of the owner and editor of the website Freemasonry Resource http://freemasonryresources.com/
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May 18, 2009 Masonic Central
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The "truth" on Conspiracies with Chris Hodapp, author of Freemasons for Dummies, and Conspiracy Theories And Secret Societies For Dummies. Join us as we host Chris Hodapp of Freemasons for Dummies as we talk about the pervasive conspiracy theories that surround the fraternity of Freemasonry. The Freemasons, the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Trilateral Commission, The Bilderberg Group, and so on... We want to take these ideas head on with the release of the recent film based on Dan...
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May 4, 2009 Masonic Central
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Brother Knowles is the author of three books of Masonic fiction in the vein of police procedural murder mysteries. The books "Murder in Georgetown Lodge"(print), "Murder in Sugarbush Lodge", and "Murder in Martha's Vineyard Lodge" are available on Amazon as Kindle editions. The stories are without a doubt Masonic fiction, but every bit intrigue and "who done it". What makes this series so interesting is that it explores the realm of Masonic fiction and...
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Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law. Join is for an in depth discussion with Frater Hrumachis, who is the Public Information Officer for the U.S. Grand Lodge of the Ordo Templi Orientis. We plan to discuss the Order's history including its early Masonic roots in European Freemasonry as well as the Order's modern operations of philosophy and its path of esoterica and fraternity under the teachings of Thelema. Most importantly, we want to explore what the Thelemic practice is, what it...
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Apr 20, 2009 Masonic Central
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Author of the book "Building Hiram" is a feast for any Mason wanting to embark on an most Uncommon Masonic Education. "Building Hiram - Uncommon Catechism for Uncommon Masonic Education" is 12 unique catechisms designed to bring about a deeper understanding of the connections provided throughout the three degree rituals, lectures, and catechisms. Intended to be read one chapter at a time over the course of a year to elicit discussion and reflection on the degrees and their...
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Apr 13, 2009 Masonic Central
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This week on Masonic Central, we have the chance to talk to Martin Faulks who is the colorful and vibrant marketing director of Lewis Masonic publishing. Join us as we welcome him to the program to talk about the Masonic publishing business (and Lewis Masonic), English Masonry, his work with Lewis and the art of esoteric literature, and life as the "Masonic Ninja". Lewis Masonic was founded in 1801, and is the largest and oldest Masonic publisher in the world. Well-known to the...
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Apr 6, 2009 Masonic Central
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Join us as we meet and talk to Br. Peter Millheiser who is the editor of the Hibiscus Masonic Review from the Hibiscus Lodge No. 275 in Coral Gables Florida. As the editor, Peter is the Masonic education chair, of the Hibiscus Shrine Fellowship Club, that publishes a quarterly journal of Masonic interest papers. Our discussion will focus on various topics of education, the Review Journal, Hibiscus Lodge, and the driving concept behind it.